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Discovery Cube Comes to Los Angeles

Posted by on Nov 10, 2014 in Activities, Events, Museums, Staycation, Theme Parks | 0 comments

 We attended as a guest of Discovery Cube For more than 25 years the Discovery foundation has been impacting the lives of children in Orange County and now they will start with Los Angeles with the opening of the Discovery Cube Los Angeles. On November 13, 2014, families and school’s will be able to visit the Discovery Cube Los Angeles in the Hanson Dam Recreational Area in Lake View Terrace neighborhood which is the first major museum in the San Fernando Valley. Guests will be delighted to see some updated versions of the popular exhibits that are at the Discovery Cube Orange County, but they will also see some amazing new attractions. They like to say DCLA is not Your Grandmother’s Science Center, it is technologically more advanced. There are more than 71,000 square feet of hands-on exhibits for...

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Fall Stamped Clay Charm Necklace

Posted by on Oct 29, 2014 in Crafts, Halloween | 0 comments

  My family and I are big on crafting. We spend many hours together making stuff. It is something we love to do together as a family. Every holiday I like to do a quick themed craft with my kids. Since fall has come, I decided to make some stamped necklaces for Halloween. These are very simple to make and it is something any child can do. My 7 year old was my helper and we made these pretty quick. These do not have to be perfect, just spending time with your kids letting them be creative is a wonderful gift. Here is what you will need: Sculpted clay Stamps String,yarn,chain or anything you would like to hang your clay charm on Jump rings and clasps (if you want to hang on a chain) Scissors Pliers (if using jump...

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Legendary Family Day at the Circus

Posted by on Aug 1, 2014 in Events, Featured | 0 comments

 We attended as a guest of the circus Ringling Bros And Barnum & Bailey Circus is in town. On opening night, my family and I, visited the Circus for the first time. This is surely going to be a night I will never forget and here’s why… We started out by visiting the Animal Open House before the show. Behind security enclosures and fencing are all the animals that are in the show for you to see. My favorite was the Elephants, and my kids loved the Lion and Tigers. This before the show attraction is free to anyone who has purchased a ticket for the Circus and it takes place 90 minutes before the show. It did get a little crowded,so if you have small children it may be a bit hard for them to see anything because...

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Celebrate Summer with Casey’s Cupcakes

Posted by on Jun 28, 2014 in Dining | 0 comments

 We dined as a guest of Casey’s Cupcakes Summertime screams sweet treats and fresh flavors. What better way to celebrate summer than with a delicious Casey’s Cupcakes (or two)? For a limited time you can try one of Casey’s Cupcakes 3 summertime creations. The decadent banana cupcake (June’s flavor of the month) known as Brilliant Banana, is a Banana Cake that has a not too sweet banana cream pudding filling inside. The cake to filling ratio is wonderful and it is topped with whipped cream frosting and decorated in yellow sprinkles that are as bright as the summer sun. If that were not enough, it also has some banana Runts on top and edible glitter dusted on. Not only is this cupcake amazing in the flavor department, but it also wins for being appealing to your eyes. My Husband...

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Mythbusters at the Discovery Science Center

Posted by on Jun 28, 2014 in Events, Museums, Theme Parks | 0 comments

 We attended as a guest of DSC Calling all science fans, The Discovery Science Center in Santa Ana has a treat for you. They just unveiled their new MythBusters: The Explosive Exhibition. If you are a fan of the show you will love all the awesome props that are displayed in this exhibit. If you have never watched a single episode of MythBusters have no fear, you too will love the exhibit. This exhibit is chalked full of some great hands on displays to get your scientific mind going. The cool thing is you will have a great time while “mythbusting” along the way. My husband, our three boys and I were lucky enough to go to a viewing of this very hands on exhibit. Upon entering the exhibit we were quite impressed. The Discovery Science Center has made the exhibit look just like...

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Adventures in Breastfeeding

Posted by on Jun 22, 2014 in Family, Featured, Health, Hot Topics, Parenting | 1 comment

 Let me first start by saying that this is *not* a story on thinking breast is best or that breastfeeding is superior to formula feeding families. I fully support any way a parent chooses to feed and nurture their baby. This is just my very personal journey into the land of breastfeeding. I thought I would share to show others that they are not alone in all the ups and downs of nursing. 10 years ago I never set out to be a breastfeeding mom. I quite honestly was not on board with it at all, but once my sweet little Sterling was born and the nurse placed him on my chest and asked if I was going to nurse him, so I decided to give it a try. I had no idea what the heck I was doing...

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The Circus is Coming to Town

Posted by on Jun 11, 2014 in Events | 0 comments

  The circus is coming to The Honda Center from July 25th through August 3rd with an all-new Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® performance. The show will feature over 100 performers from 25 countries, and more than 85 animals. The show will have all-new acts this year including: China National Acrobatic Troupe from Beijing perform several impressive acts including balancing 20 people on two bicycles, fast-paced hoop diving and graceful Diabolo juggling skills Introducing the Double Trapeze, especially designed for Ringling Bros., with the attempt of four consecutive triple somersaults in a row Plus additional circus legends highlighted in the show such as Big Cat trainer Alexander Lacey; edge-of-your-seat Cossack Riders equestrian stunts; Globe of Steel motorcycle daredevils; of course no show would be complete without the Ringling Bros. Clown Alley and treasured performing pachyderms. Debuting this year...

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Eo’s Everyone bath soaks

Posted by on May 10, 2014 in Beauty, Family, Health, Shopping | 0 comments

  After a long day with my 3 boys, I am often left feeling tired, a little sore and overworked. I am sure most parents with children can relate. The way I reduce my stress and unwind is by taking a hot bath nightly. I always look forward to this time. I wait until all my kids are tucked in bed for the night and I slip away into my own little peaceful world…just me and my bath. I always add some bubbles or salts to give me the added element of relaxation and peaceful serenity. I am always looking for products that can achieve a peaceful and relaxing state. The new line of products from EO did both of those things plus had some added benefits. I was given all 4 of the New Everyone bath soaks to...

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Keeping Your Kids Protected this Summer with Panama Jack

Posted by on May 8, 2014 in Family, Health, Parenting, Shopping | 0 comments

  Panama Jack sent over some samples and I was eager to give them all a try. My family has very pale skin, so we go through mass amounts of sunscreen yearly, but we had never given Panama Jack a try. Here is my honest review of all 5 Panama Jack products I was given. Continuous Clear Sunscreen Spray SPF 15 – This sunscreen is great. I used it numerous times and every single application was perfect and I never had to rub it in (yippie for no sunblock hands)! The spray dries very quick and is not greasy plus it goes on evenly, I loved that about this spray. The continuous spray does not rub off easy either, you need to actually wash it off your body. I found that it has an amazing tropical scent that I...

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National Geographic Engineering Exploration Challenge

Posted by on May 1, 2014 in Crafts, Education, Family, Featured, Tech | 0 comments

  The launch of the National Geographic Engineering Exploration Challenge had my sons creative gears spinning. He loves to explore and learn new things. This engineering challenge is perfect for him and he is so excited to participate in it. Engineering has recently become one of his main focuses. He has been learning about electronics in school and he has been learning a lot of stuff on his own with an electronics set he received for Christmas. The love of learning started very young for him. He has always been enamored with the way things worked or how things were put together. This exploration challenge is a great way for him and his brother to explore new and exciting challenges together, all while learning in the process. I think this is a win-win situation all around. From now until...

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DIY Glow in the Dark Star Wars Light Sabers

Posted by on Apr 29, 2014 in Crafts, Featured | 1 comment

  The fabulous Southern California weather is upon us, my family tends to spend many hours outdoors swimming and playing ball, but what gets all 3 of my kids excited and together is blowing bubbles. They can play with bubbles for hours. These shimmering orbs are timeless. I still love blowing bubbles with my kids now, just as much as I did as a child blowing them for myself. With the cast of Star Wars Episode VII just announced, what better time to make a Star Wars themed craft with bubble wands for outdoor imaginative play. They resemble Lightsabers and if you add a glow stick they light up! Your children can blow bubbles during the day and have a glowing lightsaber at night, long after the bubbles have been used up. Here is the simple way to create...

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DIY Peeps Floral Arrangement

Posted by on Apr 11, 2014 in Crafts, Easter, Holiday | 1 comment

  Springtime is full of beautiful blooming flowers and all the stores are stocked full of Peeps candies for Easter. I figured I would combine both to make a very easy DIY floral arrangement. This is something that takes little time to complete, so even a beginner crafter will be able to wow people with it. If you do not want to use the grass you can also use jellybeans or other little candies in the vase as a filler. The whole point in making crafts, is creating something that you like. Never worry about changing stuff to suit your style. I am a trial and error kind of crafter. I am always changing things up to fit my needs and likes. This is how I have created some of my favorite things. Supplies needed: 5 boxes of bunny...

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Easter Bunny Egg Necklaces

Posted by on Apr 10, 2014 in Crafts, Easter, Family, Holiday | 0 comments

  I don’t know about you, but every year I seem to be inundated with a bunch of leftover plastic Easter eggs. I am always trying to find creative ways to use them up. Last year we did a nighttime glow in the dark egg hunt. This year I decided we would decorate the plastic eggs. Make them into something we could give away to friends and also put into Easter baskets. This craft is not only fun to make it is fun to eat. I love edible crafts! Here is what you will need: Plastic Easter eggs (with 2 holes at the top) small or large size. We used large eggs to stuff more goodies inside Pipe cleaners Sharpie marker Adhesive google eyes Adhesive gems or stickers to decorate Pom Poms Thin yarn or string Glue dots or...

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Guide to Visiting the Disneyland Springtime Roundup

Posted by on Apr 7, 2014 in Disney, Easter, Events, Featured, Holiday, Theme Parks | 5 comments

  Zip-a-dee-doo-da zip-a-dee-a! My, oh my what a wonderful day! Plenty of sunshine is heading my way as we made our way to the Disneyland Springtime Roundup! From the moment, that we entered Frontierland, we were greeted with beautiful floral arrangements and plenty of sunshine to go around. The springtime flowers are in full bloom on signs, kiosks and all along the path leading to the Big Thunder Ranch Jamboree arena. The magical floral masterpiece that caught my eye was a wagon fully decorated in flowers at the entrance to the Big Thunder Ranch Jamboree Arena where the Springtime Roundup is taking place. Once we walked inside the entrance there were different meet and greet character areas, where we had our photos taken with Roger Rabbit, The Easter Bunny, Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, and Pluto with his adorable bunny...

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Stained Glass Easter Sugar Cookies

Posted by on Apr 3, 2014 in Easter, Featured, Holiday, Recipes | 0 comments

  Easter time in my home is always filled with an abundance of goodies. I love to bake different types of sweet treats to share with our friends and family. These Easter sugar cookies are perfect for any Easter or Spring celebration. Not only are they unique, they are delicious as well. They also make great decorations. These cookies are simple enough to make, that even a non baker will be able to make them with ease. Here is what you will need: Sugar cookie dough (I used Martha Stewart recipe http://www.marthastewart.com/338471/basic-sugar-cookies ) If you use your own dough make sure it is good for sugar cookie cut outs. If the dough is too soft the candy will spill out and not stay inside the desired area.   Egg shaped cookie cutter Small shaped cookie cutters – these will...

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All-Star Chef Classic Presented by Melissa’s Produce

Posted by on Apr 1, 2014 in Events, Featured | 0 comments

  My family and I were invited to attend the All-Star Chef Classic with Melissa’s Produce held in Los Angeles at the L.A. LIVE Events Deck. This event was a three day foodie extravaganza, and we attended the third day for their Kid Zone event to bake Fonuts with acclaimed Chef Waylynn Lucas. You may know her from the Bravo Tv Show “Eat Drink Love.” Chef Lucas is also co-owner of Fonuts in West Hollywood California. Our journey to foodie bliss was about to begin. We checked in and we were immediately escorted into the event. Let me just say, A Mama can get used to this! My kids were feeling like little stars. They donned their little black chef aprons and media badges while walking down the blue carpet in style, stopping only to have their pictures snapped...

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DIY Alcohol Ink bunny coasters

Posted by on Mar 30, 2014 in Crafts, Easter, Featured, Holiday | 0 comments

  Spring has sprung and I just love to be surrounded by Easter eggs, bunnies, candy, family and pastel colored things. I also love art and figured what better time than now to make a fun Easter craft with my kids to celebrate this wonderful holiday. We have done ink dye coasters in the past and they quickly became a favorite of ours. After some trial and error I created these cute artistic bunny coaster that I am sure you and your family will love. Supplies Needed 4 or more 4 1/2 x 4 1/2 inch ceramic white tiles Adirondack Alcohol Ink (in the colors of your choice) Alcohol blending solution (found right by the alcohol inks in craft stores) Rabbit template from http://imgarcade.com/1/bunny-template/ Using the bunny at the very bottom next to the bunny ears. Black Sharpie marker...

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Pretend City Opens New Bayou Cafe

Posted by on Mar 14, 2014 in Events, Museums | 0 comments

 Dawn attended a guest of Pretend City Pretend City Children’s Museum in Irvine held its Grand Opening of their newest exhibit, The Bayou Cafe. I was eager to check this out with my little boy. When we arrived we were greeted by their very friendly staff. They were all dressed in festive attire, perfect for their Mardi Gras celebration. Once checked in we were escorted through The Gateway. It was adorned with decorations bringing you right into the Mardi Gras spirit. If you have never visited Pretend City with your children, you should definitely check it out. This Museum is approximately 28,000 square feet of perfection for the young and old alike. Children can roam around a city made just for them. The many themed exhibits are scaled down to their size. A road goes around the city where your...

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St. Patrick’s Day Crafts: DIY Leprechaun Wreath

Posted by on Mar 10, 2014 in Crafts, Family | 0 comments

  I am sure by now you all know or have heard the old Irish legend about the “pot of gold at the end of a rainbow.” Here is a cute craft you can make to have your very own Leprechaun’s wreath inspired by the legend. Of all the St. Patrick’s Day Craft I’ve made, this is very easy to make. My 7 year old son and I made this for St. Patrick’s Day and it is proudly displayed on our door greeting our visitors. We had fun making and designing it and hope you all enjoy it too. Supplies needed: 1 paper plate 5 or 6 pipe cleaners to make a rainbow. (we left blue out) 8 inches of ribbon (your choice in color/pattern) Green yarn 3 plastic gold coins 6 white pom pom’s or cotton balls 1...

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Luck of The Irish St. Patrick’s Day Matching Game

Posted by on Mar 7, 2014 in Crafts, Featured, Holiday, St. Patrick's Day | 0 comments

  With Saint Patrick’s Day coming upon us. I was trying to think of a way to incorporate a little game time fun into a craft my kids and their friends would enjoy. For as long as I can remember my kids have loved matching games. We have purchased countless games sporting all their favorite cartoon characters and numerous themes. Those games became my inspiration. I knew if I could come up with my own easy to make version, my children would jump at the chance to play. This would be the perfect opportunity to have some one on one time with my older boys and at the same time it would let my creative juices flow. This is a win-win situation in my household. After brainstorming a bit I came up with this easy to make Luck Of...

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